‘Indian Football League’ idea mooted
I-League clubs, on Wednesday, proposed a unified ‘Indian Football League’ as the way forward for the sport in India.
Newly crowned champion Chennai City FC, Mohun Bagan, East Bengal, Minerva Punjab, Aizawl FC, Gokulam Kerala, Real Kashmir FC, Churchill Brothers and NEROCA FC have put forth a proposal to the AIFF for a 20-team league which will have both Indian Super League and I-League clubs.
“There will be 20 teams in the first division and a strong 16-team second division.
“Every team will benefit and we have given a financial model so that it’s a sustainable project. Not like ISL (project) because they are suffering huge losses. We don’t want to lose ISL clubs, because they are supporting Indian football by investing money,” Debasish Dutta, one of the directors at Mohun Bagan, told mediapersons here.
Not omitting anybody: Rohit Ramesh
Chennai City FC owner Rohit Ramesh said: “We aren’t omitting anybody, we want to play against everyone. But, it should be in a manner where the money we put in has to be got back in some time.”